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Sunday Salon – December 30, 2007


December 30, 2007

My husband and I have been out of town since Friday and although my post is late today, that does not reflect a lack of reading…merely a lack of access to the Internet.

In the last week, I read The Outlander, by Gil Adamson – an early review book from Ecco/Harper Collins which blew me away (read my review here).

I then picked up Candide, by Voltaire. Although slim, it packs a punch and is not exactly a “light” read. I have the Barnes and Noble Classic edition which has a great timeline and introduction, as well as ample notes and comments that helped me keep the historical events in perspective and gave me a better understanding of the novel’s meaning. In addition, this particular edition includes some incredible pencil plates drawn by Alan Odle. Overall, I enjoyed the book (read my review here), but I’m glad that this will be the discussion book for my Banned Books Yahoo group in January as I believe a novel like this can only be fully appreciated after much discussion and analysis.

After Candide, I felt a tremendous need for something light. I’ve picked up Mary Norton’s classic children’s book: The Borrowers. This was a favorite book of mine from childhood. I read the whole series at least half a dozen times. The story appeals to the imaginative mind of child in that it revolves around a family of “little people” called The Clocks who live beneath the floorboards of an old English country home. Norton is a gifted writer whose work has been honored and recognized by the Lewis Carroll Shelf Awards and The Carnegie Medal Award, as well as making the ALA’s list of most Distinguished Books. This is one I am happy to read snuggled beneath a blanket in front of the fire with a cup of good peppermint tea in my hand. If you haven’t read The Borrowers and the books that followed it…do yourself a favor and go get yourself a copy. You won’t regret it!

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 31, 2007    

    I haven’t read ‘Candide’, but did see a wonderful production of the Bernstein show which your post reminded me of. Thank you, I’m going to add it to my list of ‘like to reads’.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 31, 2007    

    Ah yes, I loved the Borrower books as a kid. Also remember watching a BBC adaptation as a kid as well. I’ve got The Borrowers on my list as a read-aloud to son for next year.
    Have you read Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White? I think it is my favourite ‘little people’ book.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 31, 2007    

    Table Talk: I’ll be interested to see what you think of Candide 🙂

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 31, 2007    

    I have *not* read Mistress Masham’s Repose – but you have sparked my curiosity (*rushes over to Amazon to look it up*)!

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